Austin mixologist Justin Lavenue muddles a cardamom pod into this fresh, floral club soda–topped drink. It’s a nod to his first bartending job, at an Indian restaurant in Boulder, where he often incorporated spices into cocktails.
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Recipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015
1 cardamom pod
1 1/4 ounces Simple Syrup
1 1/2 ounces New Western gin, such as Aviation
1 1/2 ounces nigori sake
1 ounce Cocchi Americano (fortified, slightly bitter aperitif wine)
4 dashes of orange bitters
2 ounces chilled club soda
1 lime twist, for garnish
1 thyme sprig, for garnish
How to Make It
In a chilled collins glass, muddle the cardamom with the Simple Syrup. Add the gin, sake, Cocchi and bitters. Fill the glass with ice and stir well. Discard the cardamom, then stir in the club soda. Pinch the lime twist over the drink, drop it in and garnish with the thyme sprig.
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